Gifted young baseball players set to square off on Cannon diamond Showdown is first doubleheader in history of the All-Star game 13th ANNUAL ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SUNS/ORIOLELANDERS ALL-STAR GAME

SIDELINES

September 06, 1992|By Pat O'Malley

This is the chance to be seen and be noticed if you are a young baseball player with high aspirations.

It's the 13th annual Anne Arundel County Sun-Oriolelanders All-Star baseball game, or make that doubleheader.

For the first time in the game's history, the local Arundel Suns will play the Oriolelanders in two games.

The showcase twin bill, featuring many of Anne Arundel County's top high school players, will get under way at 1 p.m. today at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans. Admission is free.

Over the last 12 years, this game has been the premier amateur all-star game in the metro area with nearly 90 players who have signed pro contracts or been drafted appearing.

Many of the players listed each Sunday in The Sun's "Marylanders in the Minors" column played in this game at one time or another.

Also, scores of young players have received college scholarships or opportunities after appearing in the game.

For the first nine years the game was played in August, but three years ago, to christen the fabulous Cannon facility, we tried September.

The result was an over-capacity crowd, the largest to ever see an amateur baseball game in Anne Arundel County, and last year was the second largest.

Baseball fans and scouts come from all over the county and beyond to watch this sandlot spectacle and rarely are disappointed.

The caliber of play is that good, and today should be no different.

The local team is loaded with many outstanding reigning and former All-County names while the Oriolelanders, consisting of players from Maryland and the mid-Atlantic area, look like an All-Metro team.

The Oriolelanders are all high school players, mostly seniors, while the Suns have a few junior college players.

The Oriolelanders, who lead the series 8-4, including last year's hard-earned 3-1 victory, boast two Sun and two Washington Post All-Metro pitchers.

Kenny Cloude of McDonogh in Baltimore, The Sun's Player of the Year as a junior, heads the staff.

Cloude, a 6-foot-1-inch, 165-pound right-hander, was 13-1 with 97 strikeouts in 84 innings and an ERA of 1.92 for the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference champion Eagles.

When not pitching, Cloude plays shortstop, and he hit .429 with 35 RBI for 20-7 McDonogh.

Calvert Hall pitcher/first baseman Brian Matz is the other Sun All-Metro selection.

The senior hit .444 with 30 RBI this spring while going 8-2 on the mound.

Brendan Sullivan of St. Alban's in D.C. and lefty Ryan Lambert of Paint Branch in Montgomery County are the Oriolelander hurlers who were named All-Metro by the Washington Post this spring.

Sullivan, a 6-foot-3-inch 175-pound right-hander, has a lot going for him.

He has size and ability plus the grades to go anywhere he wants.

His combined SAT scores total 1310.

His dad is the nationally famous attorney of the same name who defended Oliver North and currently represents Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent.

The Sullivans have a summer home in the Annapolis area, which enables Brendan to pitch for the Annapolis American Legion team.

Lambert, a 6-foot-1-inch 170-pound senior, has been All-Met in D.C. two straight years, going 11-1 as a sophomore and 7-1 this past season.

This spring, Lambert struck out 84 in 46 innings and boasted an ERA of 0.98.

Two more Oriolelander pitchers took post-season honors in the metro area in Chris Kelly of Northeast and Wade Greason of Edgewood.

Kelly went 6-1 with a 0.96 ERA for the Class 2A state champions Eagles and was on The Anne Arundel County Sun second-team All-County.

Greason was an All-Harford County left-hander.

Severna Park's John Milisitz, second-team All-Metro and first-team All-County, is one of two Oriolelander catchers.

Baltimore Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert and his son, Tom, who manages the team, really like Milisitz and his chances of being a pro because of his strong arm.

Milisitz also can swing the bat. This spring he led the county in hitting with a .508 clip, had four home runs and knocked in 20 runs for the Falcons.

He also played a prominent role in the Severna Park Post 175 team winning the local American Legion league.

Another county product and All-County performer on the Oriolelanders team is Arundel High first baseman Tim Giles.

Giles, who has one of those flawless swings from the left side, is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and 210 pounds.

Giles batted .400 with 29 RBI for the Wildcats this spring.

Also in the Oriolelanders' infield is Calvert Hall third baseman Larry Marino and second baseman Chris Leusner of Middle Township High in Cape May, N. J. Leusner is playing his third season with the Oriolelanders and is still just a junior.

Three years ago, Leusner was the youngest to ever play in the game at age 14 until North County freshman Mike Wooden played for the Suns last year as a 13- soon-to-be 14-year-old.

In the outfield, the Gilberts have two more All-County players in Jamie Coons of Edgewood in Harford County and Todd Dorsey of Westminster in Carroll County.

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